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Family Life

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An open and liberal society is characterised by a flourishing civil society, of which strong families are a fundamental part. The family unit should be valued and subject to minimal government interference, but there are challenges to this principle. To what extent should the state support the family? Is paternalistic intervention in dysfunctional families justified? How and when should the state act to strengthen the family? CIS research on family life works to address these issues.

Publications

  1. The Kinship Conundrum: The Impact of Aboriginal Self-Determination on Indigenous Child Protection

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Dec 2014 | Policy Monographs

    This report argues that mainstreaming revolution in Indigenous policy should be extended to Indigenous child protection policy,... Read More...

  2. Regulating for Quality in Childcare: The Evidence Base

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report explores the evidence base for the recent National Quality Agenda reforms to childcare that mandate lower staff-to-child... Read More...

  3. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

  4. Fairer Paid Parental Leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement Paid Parental... Read More...

  5. The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. There is no more money for childcare

    Trisha Jha | 17 Dec 2014 | SBS

    When the government announced last year that the Productivity Commission childcare inquiry would be expected to deliver new ... Read More

  2. No ‘War on Christmas’ Here

    Helen Andrews | 15 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

     To my great delight as an immigrant, there is no ‘War on Christmas’ in Australia.... Read More

  3. We risk an Indigenous lost generation

    Jeremy Sammut | 08 Dec 2014 | The Australian

    Placing Indigenous children in accordance with the ACPP threatens to compromise child wellbeing and keep open the gaps in ... Read More

  4. If it’s broke don’t fix it, abandon it

    Matthew Taylor | 08 Dec 2014

    The Prime Minister’s confirmation that his beleaguered Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme would be “refined” before ... Read More

  5. Childcare reforms are failing to benefit children

    Trisha Jha | 05 Nov 2014 | The Australian

    As the cost of childcare to the Australian family and taxpayer has ballooned over recent years, it’s imperative to examine ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Kinship placements risk creating a Lost Generation

    Jeremy Sammut | 12 Dec 2014

    To talk of adoption in relation to Indigenous children is to invite the politically explosive claim that this would create ...

  2. The Grey Army of early Newstart retirees

    Matthew Taylor | 21 Nov 2014

    The Abbott government chalked up a modest win this week with the first of its social services budget measures passed by the ...

  3. Child Protection: too few adoptions mean too much of everything else

    Jeremy Sammut | 14 Nov 2014

    Rather than not doing enough early intervention, the problem with the child protection system is that we have too much of ...

  4. Courage is needed right now to fix childcare

    Trisha Jha | 07 Nov 2014

    What cannot be categorically denied is that the burden of the National Quality Framework on providers’ operating costs ...

  5. Robin Hood is alive and well in Australia

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014

    Critics of budget measures appear to believe that social benefits both individually and in aggregate should only ever go ...

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